Cincinnati, OH — The Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett threw for a season-high 278 yards and the Pittsburgh Steelers showed new life on offense days after firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada, beating the Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati Bengals 16-10 on Sunday.
Canada spent 45 of their 59 straight under-400 yard games games as the Steelers OC. In one game as the interim coordinator, Eddie Faulkner has already surpassed his predecessor. Still, much of the credit goes to the Steelers offensive weapons who seemed to wake up in Week 12.
The Steelers (7-4) totaled 421 yards, snapping a streak of 58 games without gaining 400 yards. Pat Freiermuth had a career-high 120 yards receiving as the Steelers outgained their opponent for the first time this season under interim offensive coordinator Eddie Faulkner.
Chris Boswell kicked two fourth-quarter field goals to keep the Bengals at bay. Cincinnati got a field goal from Evan McPherson just before the 2-minute warning, but the Steelers recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Bengals (5-6) backup QB Jake Browning threw a touchdown pass in his first start but had trouble keeping the chains moving. He finished 19 for 26 for 227 yards and threw an interception in the red zone.
Browning got the start in place of Burrow, the franchise quarterback whose season ended when he tore a ligament in his right wrist in a loss to the Ravens Nov. 16.
Week 12 was a step in the right direction. With only 16 points scored, it’s clear that the Steelers’ offense isn’t fully fixed. However, breaking 400 yards on offense is something Pittsburgh hasn’t seen since 2020. It showed that this year’s squad is capable of great offensive heights if given the opportunity.
The Steelers will look to capitalize on their record-breaking offensive day as they march their way towards the playoffs.